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Lebanese judicial council approves civil marriage

Civil Marriage Lebanon

A Lebanese judicial body on Monday evening approved the legalization of civil marriage in the country.


The Lebanese Supreme Council of the Judiciary approved a measure to legalize civil marriage that allows for the consideration of the marital status of Lebanese couples married in the country regardless of their religious affiliation.

 

The decree's recommendation stipulates that couples should remove any mention of their religious affiliation on their civil status documents before being allowed the right to civil marriage. 


This decision will be referred to the Interior Ministry for approval, and will later be included on the agenda of the cabinet in order to pass a new civil status law.

 

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel commented on the decision in remarks published by As-Safir newspaper on Tuesday, stating that he will study the decision before approving it. 

 

He went on to add that "it is better to postpone dealing with the issue for the time being due to the current political [divisions that exist] in the country."


Earlier in January, NOW had reported on the first marriage contract to be signed between a Lebanese woman and man according to civil laws and with the support of a civil society activist.


Kholoud Succariyeh and Nidal Darwish, with the support of a civil society activist, became the first couple to be wed by way of a civil marriage in Lebanon.

Several political and religious leaders have commented on the issue recently.

 

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman publicly stated his support for civil marriage a day after the Sunni Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani issued a fatwa that sought to prevent secular unions from taking place.

Despite a long-running campaign by civil society advocacy groups, civil marriage has no legal standing in Lebanon, a country of around four million people whose population belong to 18 different religious communities.

A couple in Lebanon being wed in a civil marriage

The Lebanese Supreme Council of the Judiciary approved a decree to legalize civil marriage that allows for the consideration of the marital status of Lebanese couples married in the country.

  • Miled72

    great news!

    February 12, 2013